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The Cups That Cheered: A History of the Sigerson, Fitzgibbon and Higher Education Gaelic Game Hardcover – August 15, 2013


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"McAnallen has set a new standard for GAA history books ... the book contains an absolute mine of information..." - Irish Independent



"... an absolute triumph. ... Littered with astonishing anecdotes, detailed match accounts and wonderful photographs, McAnallen has achieved the impossible ... superbly produced, encyclopaedic and written with a lightness of touch." - Irish News


"McAnallen fills The Cups that Cheered with such a wealth of anecdote that he renders the subject utterly absorbing ..." - Sunday Independent

"exhaustive and compelling ... educates while also providing pleasurable reading" - Belfast Telegraph

" This book is beautifully produced" Scolaire Staire Magazine " It is an important contribution to the ever growing field of Irish sports history firstly, but it is also an important piece of education and social history" Scolaire Staire Magazine

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Donal McAnallen is a history graduate of Queen's University Belfast, and the National University of Ireland Galway. In both he played Gaelic football, was involved in organising Sigerson Cup tournaments, and he has been national treasurer and secretary of Comhairle Ardoideachais, the GAA's Higher Education Council. Throughout he remained active with his club, An Eaglais, Co. Tyrone. He has worked at the Cardinal O Fiaich Library & Archive, Armagh, has been widely published, and he co-edited The Evolution of the GAA (2009).

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Dónal McAnallen (1978-) is an Irish historian specialising in the history of culture and sport. A BA graduate of Queen's University, Belfast, he obtained his doctorate from National University of Ireland, Galway. He co-edited (with David Hassan and Roddy Hegarty) The Evolution of the GAA, based on a series of papers delivered at a conference he organised while working at the Cardinal Ó Fiaich Library and Archive, Armagh, in 2009. His first book in his own right, The Cups that Cheered: A History of the Sigerson, Fitzgibbon and Higher Education Gaelic Games (Collins Press, 2012), examines the uniquely fascinating and sometimes controversial world of Irish intervarsity sport. He has also lectured at the University of Ulster.

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